Life lately: October 2022 – Holiday dreaming

Thursday, October 27, 2022 Permalink

Monday was not only the 11th anniversary of my father’s passing but it was also ten years since I made my seachange. Ten years!!!

I feel as if most of my life has been spent in my state’s capital city, Brisbane, with some time in FNQ, Canberra and overseas. But in reality, I’d moved back to Brisbane from overseas in early 2002 so I’d only been there ten years. That time around anyway.*

It’s shocking to think I’ve been here ten years as I still feel quite transient. As if I’m not really prepared to put down definitive roots. When I first arrived I made a concerted effort to fit in and settle down as I’d known many who moved later in life (without schools or kids to ground them in communities) so I ventured out to networking groups and events and in my earlier years here was quite social. Whether that changed when I moved out of town (so driving into town to do something required so much more effort) or because my move originally coincided with a full-time job meaning I was more likely to need alone-time outside of work, I’m not sure.

Either way… ten years have passed and it’s flown.

Speaking of anniversaries, it’s almost one year since I started in my current work-from-home full-time job and I’ve not taken a holiday yet so have been increasingly keen to do so over recent months and weeks.

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I’ve had some other stuff whirling around however so haven’t wanted to commit, but in typical me-style I’ve hit a wall so decided (last-minute) to take next week off. I confirmed the timing with my boss but sadly have discovered that the weather in all my potential holiday spots (Sunshine Coast or hinterland, Queenstown, Adelaide, Tasmania, some Pacific Island or other) next week is dire. Like not just rain, but storms. And I really do not fancy wasting a stack of money to sit inside a hotel room or apartment. (Cos I do that at home!)

Of course I only now have a couple of days to organise something and I’ve changed my mind multiple times in terms of locations and options. I’d really just prefer someone else do it all as I become really hamstrung when it comes to making those kinds of decisions. (You may recall me only booking my Italy accommodation the month before I travelled!) I definitely want to do SOMETHING but of course I do have requirements:

  1. I don’t want to go to a large city
  2. I don’t want to go anywhere too isolated as it’d be too much like my everyday life
  3. I don’t want to do sightseeing type stuff
  4. I don’t want to have to drive long distances to get there
  5. I don’t want to have to hire a car when there (if I don’t drive my own) or catch transport to get groceries and booze
  6. I don’t want to be in an apartment like the one I used to live in overlooking a pool – though if I go somewhere hot I’d like to have a pool at my disposal. My fave choice for Airlie Beach did not have a pool which was problematic.

I should mention flying off somewhere would be ideal but I need to get to my nearest capital city first which involves in a not-cheap flight. Worse still, the flights are limited so connections are problematic and though I’d be okay with a night in Brisbane the logistics of getting to and from the airport to stay with family/friends ‘does my head in’.

I’m hoping fate intervenes and one of the millions of ads popping up on my social feeds since I’ve started searching offers some unbelievable last-minute option at some great place because of a cancellation. Or something.

Any holiday suggestions? (Though watch as I then shoot each and every one down!)

* I also lived in Brisbane when I first left school to attend University and then later briefly.

IMAGE: Photo by Dmitry Ganin on Unsplash
  • leannelc
    October 27, 2022

    Hi Deb – quite a quandary indeed! We felt the same way about needing to go somewhere just for a short getaway (especially after being so limited for the last year in not being able to walk very far). I did a bit of search around and chose an air bnb in Margaret River for a few days. It’s near a long coastal walking trail for my husband, and is tucked away snugly for me to read and wander. I hope you find the perfect place and take a break (I can’t believe you’ve been in this “new” job for a year already!)

    • Debbish
      October 28, 2022

      The hardest thing at the moment for me is the ‘getting there’ and logistics of flights and / or driving somewhere. But yes, just being away from my place would be nice. (I love my place but I spend too much time here!)

  • Debbie
    October 27, 2022

    It’s a tough one Deb! What will you do if you decide not to go anywhere, stay at home for the time? The weather is very unstable at the moment so not sure what to advise you. Hope you can at least have a break from work and enjoy the change.

    • Debbish
      October 28, 2022

      I worry that if I stay at home it’ll be like every weekend day and I’ll loll around and eat rubbish and the day will pass and I’ll have done nothing. I liked that in my old working life when I was in an office everyday and had to deal with a commute and office clothes, but now that I’m at home all day it feels a bit sameish.

  • Cathy
    October 27, 2022

    Oh dear what a dilemma – I know you’d like to be away but perhaps some time at home (with everything unplugged) doing nothing or discovering the unknown in your area would be the way to go.
    Let’s know what you choose when you make a decision
    Take care

    • Debbish
      October 28, 2022

      I looked at a nearby island (that I haven’t visited for decades) as an option but it’s astoundingly expensive for what it is – more expensive than nice hotels in Queenstown or Port Douglas… and the resort itself is a bit tired and old. (Not sure I want to pay $500/night to go there!)

  • Denyse Whelan Blogs
    October 27, 2022

    This is going to sound rough but what are you seeking in a holiday…(I know you will say, I know you!) but whatever you are seeking, I hope you find it.
    I cant believe its your Dad’s 11th anniversary and your 10th too. Sending love.

    Thanks for being part of the link up for Wednesday’s Words and Pics and sharing your post. It’s always great to see you join in. See you next week…and it’s November already! Denyse.

    • Debbish
      October 28, 2022

      I think I’m seeking change Denyse. Different-ness. Newness. I had a weekend away in August 2021 for my niece’s birthday and it felt lovely and freeing. I want to not have to cook and just eat out EVERY meal and have no decisions or responsibility for a bit….

  • Susanne
    October 27, 2022

    Oh the weather! Such bad timing. If you want to be able to drive, I sadly haven’t a clue about what to recommend (I know so little about Australia). Except relax at home, put away the phone, read good books, drink good wine, and go for nice walks in your area. For another time, of course I recommend another trip to Europe! But perhaps in May or June instead of November. 🙂

    • Debbish
      October 28, 2022

      Ah yes, I had planned a trip to England in May/June but worried about the Covid thing.

      I thought of a location I haven’t visited a bit north of where I am but then discovered it’s about 3hrs drive – which isn’t far – but I know I’d regret it if the place isn’t very interesting or is a bit too similar to where I live now.

  • Jennifer Jones
    October 28, 2022

    One year in your new job already! Where did that go. I’m not sure at all of any advice I could give you re the holiday. Trying to avoid bad weather will be difficult as it seems to be everywhere. Whatever you choose, I hope you have a restful time.

    • Debbish
      October 28, 2022

      Thanks Jen. And yes… the year has flown but I started in early November last year.

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